Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence not just in Chicago, but across the nation.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often lead to serious and even fatal injuries, because the rider has little or no protection against the impact. So, it is important to understand the key causes of motorcycle accidents, and try to work on them to make roads safer for everyone:
Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Driver Error
Drivers often fail to notice motorcycles rising close to them. Sometimes, the drivers completely fail to see the motorcycle and when they do it is too late to react. Some common driver errors include distracted driving, driver inexperience, driver fatigue, reflex delay in elderly and handicapped drivers, road rage, and intoxication.
Traffic Violations Resulting in Motorcycle Accidents
Some traffic violations that lead to motorcycle accident include failure to yield right of way, speeding, improper lane changes, and failure to follow traffic signal.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accident injuries can generally be categorized into hard and soft injuries.
Some common hard injuries that motorcyclists suffer include:
Motorcyclists can suffer second and third degree burns from exhaust, engine, and manifold. Motorcycle engines are often fully exposed and have an average temperature of around 230 degrees. In event of a crash, the motorcyclist can fall off the bike and come in contact with the engine. This can cause second or third degree burns because there is no protective layer between the engine and the rider’s skin.
Fractures are probably the most common motorcycle accident injury, and the most vulnerable bones are that in the pelvis and wrists. This happens because the driver tries to save his/her face with hands and in the process the whole impact comes in the hands or wrists. By doing so, the driver also exposes his lower extremities exposed and can suffer a fracture in hips or pelvis.
Brain and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, organ damage
Serious motorcycle accidents can also cause severe injuries that damage the rider’s internal organs. The force of the impact with the ground or with a solid object even at low speeds can cause significant damage. It can cause serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, collapsed lungs and internal bleeding.
Soft tissue injuries
Lacerations and abrasions
When the motorcyclist falls off the bike, he may get dragged along the pavement. His limbs or piece of clothing can get caught in the motorcycle causing road rash or road burn.
Sprains and strains
It is common for motorcyclists to suffer sprains in an accident. Torn ligaments and tendons are also commonly reported in motorcycle accidents. When the motorcycle crashes, the rider makes every effort to stop it from falling to the ground or getting trapped under it. In the process, the tendons, muscles and ligaments can get twisted and torn.
Contrary to the common belief, whiplash is not only suffered by car accident victims. Even a motorcycle accident can cause the rider’s neck and back to snap violently.
Legal Help for Illinois Injury Victims
Motorcycle injuries can be debilitating requiring extensive treatment and care. It is important to get adequate compensation for the injuries. If you have been injured in an Illinois motorcycle accident , contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney at Willens Law Offices to ensure that your legal rights, including your right to compensation, are protected.